Monday, January 23, 2012
More on our Jan. 20 posting about NALP's report on legal employment. More male partners are going part-time. The supporting evidence is not dramatic, but is significant. Here are excerpts from an article on The Careerist.:
According to NALP's just released survey, only 6.2 percent of lawyers at big firms work part-time—and the number is trending downward, albeit slightly:
But here's the curiosity: Despite that downward trend, a steady stream of partners is opting for part-time. "The growth rate of part-time work among partners has been greater, rising from 1.2 percent in 1994 to 3.6 percent in 2010 and 3.5 percent in 2011," reports NALP.
What's more, that uptick is coming from men: "In 2006 almost 72 percent of part-time partners were women. In 2011 that figure was about 66 percent. In 2010 that figure had dropped to 64 percent."
NALP suggests no reason for the trend. Maybe some guys are looking for a better quality of life.